This easy-to-follow manual presents techniques for working with groups of children who have been sexually abused. It begins with an overview of the theory and literature of group therapy with children and then offers seven sections on psycho-social skill building techniques, trust building, self esteem, identifying and expressing feelings, healing the inner child, relationships, boundary setting, and prevention skills.
Chapter 8: Internal and External Boundaries Exercises
Internal and External Boundaries Exercises
A child's capacity to organize and interpret reality effectively is strongly influenced by the development of a healthy boundary system. The boundaries we develop affect how we process and respond to information and experiences about ourselves, others, and the surrounding world. Like gatekeepers, boundaries allow us to select with discernment what can safely be shared between the inside and outside worlds. Until children learn to negotiate their own boundary systems, their parents act as their external regulators. Like guardians at the door, they monitor and protect children from physical and psychological harm.
Boundaries also delineate where one person ends and another begins. Boundaries act as thresholds that both separate us from and connect us to the world. ...